My name is Cassie Levesque. I’m 18, a Gold Award Girl Scout, and I am working to change New Hampshire’s child marriage law.
Did you know that child marriage is legal in some circumstances here in the United States? Or that the law doesn’t specify a minimum age for which girls can marry in 27 states? In my home state of New Hampshire, it is legal for girls as young as 13 and boys who are 14 to be married if a judge finds special circumstance.
I didn’t know. That is, until a few years ago, when I learned about this horrifying issue at a Girl Scout leadership conference and was inspired to take a stand.